SuperWise Technologies' eye-Phone Gives Users Instant Info on Anything They See
SuperWise Technologies' eye-Phone system is a regional winner in the European Satellite Navigation Competition. The system combines object recognition, satellite navigation localisation services and internet information to allow the user to take a picture with a mobile phone and instantly retrieve information about the object. While you are traveling abroad or just out for a stroll you will be able to take a picture of anything you find interesting. You then use a cursor to select the item of interest in the photo, submit it and receive preprocessed information about the object. According to co-founders Ernst Pechtl and Hans Geiger, "It could be a building, a mountain, a tree, plant or a special event such as a local festival... The amount of information you receive depends on you, if you want to know more you just click the 'more button' and you trigger a more detailed search responding to your profile of interest. Applications include tourism, education, remote healthcare, security, science, etc."
The backbone of eye-Phone is the Apollo imaging software developed by SuperWise. According to Pechtl, "It's a unique piece of software that can carry out object recognition within images, a very tricky task. It is self-learning and after a short and very simple training session it can identify any object in the world." Apollo makes use of an angle sensor, which is a new feature on many digital cameras, to determine where the photo is being taken from so it can accurately identify the object. Pechtl claims that no other system in the world is currently capable of this type of object recognition.
A prototype should be ready by the middle of this year. Pechtyl says “the Apollo software is basically ready, and there is already one camera available with what we need: GPS, angle-sensor and on-board processing power. All we have to do is to integrate our system with the camera, i.e. load our software on the camera chip, to have a prototype ready and working." After the prototype Pechtl expects it to take another 12 to 18 months to find partners and make deals before the eye-Phone system can be made available to the public.